“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NLT
In the chapter following Moses reciting the Ten Commandments of God to the people of Israel, he laid out the case for a wholehearted commitment to the Lord. There is only one Lord and one God. Those who refuse to believe that will find out its true when it is far too late. Loving God is or should be our response. We didn’t love God first. It was he of whom scripture says “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”1 And again “We love because he first loved us.”2
Our total and unwavering commitment to Almighty God is what makes us stand out among the unbelievers. What is pleasing to the Lord must be what is pleasing to us, for we must come to the place where his will supersedes our own. If this doesn’t take place then something is askew. God didn’t move away or take a prolonged vacation. He is all around you and within you in the person of the Holy Spirit. So what has changed if your diligence begins to wane; surely not God? It could be time for a spiritual assessment.
While we are not bound by God’s Law any longer but rather under his umbrella of grace or undeserved favor, we should as a natural outcropping of our close relationship with the Lord live out his law as a byproduct of our commitment. This occurs not because we have to but because godly living results in living according to his statutes. So make an assessment of your walk with Christ. Is it lacking? Seek resolution by asking the Lord to point out weak areas in your spiritual life and then allow the Holy Spirit to begin to make changes within you. The Lord wants you to succeed even more than you do. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
1 1 John 4:10 2 1 John 4:19